Good Reads for Journo Nerds

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I read quite a bit — some for work, tons for pleasure — and I would just love to share the gems I come across with you. So each week I’m going to share my list of good reads. Sometimes they’ll be for fellow journalists, some for job seekers, some for millenials and others for just plain fun.

This week’s batch is filled with love for my dear craft, journalism. Now for the goods.

1. Robert Krulwich (of NPR’s Krulwich Wonders) talks about how fresh grads like myself should work their way into journalism. He told a bunch of cap-and-gowned Berkeley students in his commencement address about horizontal loyalty. You really should read the whole thing. It’s long, but reads more like wise words from a seasoned-journalist grandfather infiltrated with great stories than a speech.

2. With the sad news of the end of NPR’s Car Talk, this Chicago Tribune article covers why playing repurposed material, even if it is of the beloved Tom and Ray Magliozzi, just won’t cut it for public radio.

3. #Realtalk from Ann Friedman showed me just what it takes to make it in this, I hate to say it, struggling industry. (She also made killer news gifs. And who doesn’t love a good Meryl Streep gif?)

4. And finally, a piece of advice from Forbes about how to blog like a master and get your dream job.

That’s all the tidbits I this week! Check in next Monday for the next good reads list. And let me know if you run across anything simply fantastic.

Til then!

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Finding future dreams in Memphis

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As a soon-to-be college graduate, I often find myself daydreaming — OK, maybe more like stressing — about what I’m going to be doing after graduation. Some days I have big thoughts — think This American Life or USA Today — and others I just want to pick something I could do with my hands. Most days I feel like I’m drowning in the multitude of choices out there.

But then today rolled around, the day I drove down I-40 to Memphis, bucked up the courage and stepped into my much-anticipated meeting with WKNO, an NPR member station dear to my heart.

As my pals know, in the past two years I’ve developed a near obsession with NPR. I flip my radio dial to WKNO just as often if not more so than the local pop stations. I can have a mean car dance party, flailing fists and all, but I love hearing news and stories about people living both near and far from me. There’s just something about stories that I adore.

All that said, after a much-appreciated talk and tour of the station I feel like I may have found my calling, and it’s in radio. We’ll see where this crazy path of life takes me, but right now my heart is calling out for the airwaves. And I couldn’t be happier.

Til then!